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Rural short breaks (2939)

Short on time? Book a mini break in the country! Take your pick from these short breaks at cottages, farmhouses and villas in the countryside. Perfect for long weekends away, short rural breaks let you escape to the great outdoors and recharge your batteries.



Marvel at the breath-taking beauty of the UK’s finest rural areas on your short rural break. Discover the tranquillity of the Lake District, go mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons or climb Snowdon, Wales’s highest peak.



If you have a long weekend to spare, hop over the water to an Irish country cottage or try Scotland for jaw-dropping panoramic views of the mountains and Highlands. Alternatively, you could follow the Spanish sunshine and hide away in a stylish Galician converted barn, or head to sun-baked Cyprus and choose a poolside apartment in Paphos.

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Apartment rental in Praiano

Amalfi Coast / Praiano

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Authentic, spacious, clean apartment with a view” We stayed here in September and really enjoyed our time here. Praiano was the perfect location for us, much quieter and more authentic than the larger towns of Positano and Amalfi. The apartment was of  …see more

from £55 / night

£400 - £930 / week

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from £55 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Amed

Abang / Amed

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Wake up with the view's over the Strait of Lombok, the private infinity swimming pool and beautiful landscaped tropical garden. A delicious and healthy breakfast in the sun on your terrace or in the shade of the original Balinese “bale benong“, the roofed terrace .A  …see more

from £64 / night

£421 - £1059 / week

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from £64 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday tented camp in Amboseli Eco-system

Rift Valley Province / Amboseli Eco-system

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Located on the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro this rustic bush camp enjoys fantastic views. 3 classic safari tents accommodate 6 people comfortably. A kitchen, outdoor fireplace and a comfortable lounge makes this the ideal base to discover the Amboseli area. Two caretaker  …see more

from £75 / night

£394 - £725 / week

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(2) Excellent 

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Province of Cosenza / Lorica

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly

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from £76 / night

£379 - £589 / week

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from £76 / night

(29) Very Good 

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Alton holiday home rental

Staffordshire / Alton

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent house for visit to Alton with large group” Great locationf for Alton Towers. Plenty of room and toys in house for our 3 families of 2 adults and 2 young children. Great pub across the road, great food. They allowed us to carry the food on pl  …see more

from £100 / night

£600 - £1600 / week

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from £100 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Frangokastello

Sfakia / Frangokastello

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
Located on the Southern Crete coast, an untouched area with picturesque scenery, where you will find a small selection of tavernas scattered along the coastline flanked by magnificent sandy beaches. The traditional villages of the area, the long history of the local ven  …see more

from £81 / night

£565 - £1977 / week

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from £81 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Central Scotland/Strathclyde holiday apartment rental

Oban / Argyll

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Picturesque, peaceful haven” I would highly recommend the accommodation at Loch Melfort pier and harbour. The location is beautiful and the commodore suite has a balcony and windows with views over the loch. It is a perfect location for singles or cou  …see more

from £90 / night

£600 - £900 / week

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from £90 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Ousson-sur-Loire holiday home rental

Loiret / Ousson-sur-Loire

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Nice house in a beautiful location” We knew from the photos that the location would be good, but if anything the views were even better than expected. The house is conveniently located for supermarkets and has a good restaurant (but not cheap) at a ho  …see more

from £180 / night

£1200 - £2100 / week

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from £180 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Holiday villa in Casarabonela

Province of Malaga / Casarabonela

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Swimming pool
“Relaxing family break” We stayed as a family for a week at Roma's amazing villa. The location was beautiful and so peaceful, it truly was an amazing place. Spacious and homely, room for everyone. The pool and BBQ areas were well utilised you had a  …see more

from £232 / night

£1261 - £2311 / week

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from £232 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday barn rental

Lincolnshire / Wellingore

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Set in the grounds of a Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse, the Stocks Barn offers beautiful and well equipped self-catering accommodation on the edge of a quiet country village. We have been awarded the 4 stars in the first year, second and now third year of operation  …see more

from £69 / night

£385 - £499 / week

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from £69 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Nerja with shared pool

Nerja / Torrecilla Beach

2 4 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic apartment” Antonella met us and let us leave our luggage in the apartment before the apartment was ready for us, she was very helpful. the apartment is fantastic with a beautiful view from the balcony it is also very close to everything in N  …see more

from £51 / night

£353 / week

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from £51 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday riad accommodation

Essaouira / Ancient Medina

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
Spacious, elegant, newly reburbished traditional riad on a quiet street in the heart of the medina. 10 minutes walk from the beach, sea view from upper terrace. Open log fire. Suitable for groups, couples and families. Very friendly and helpful English speaking staff wh  …see more

from £80 / night

£500 - £840 / week

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from £80 / night

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Speziale

Fasano / Speziale

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
Charming traditional house with swimming pool located in the spectacular plain of olive trees close to the sea between Ostuni and Fasano. With 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, it has a capacity of 8 beds and is just 4 km from the sandy beaches of the Adriatic coast.  …see more

from £269 / night

£1880 - £4700 / week

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from £269 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Balkbrug

Overijssel Province / Balkbrug

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
De Kleine Oele, (Meaning the little owl) is a traditional Dutch grounds cottage available for relaxed holiday rental, inspirational retreat, selfcatering or bed&breakfast, in a pretty garden (part semi-wild, part herb and fruit) in the real, ultimate Dutch countryside:  …see more

from £64 / night

£261 - £715 / week

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from £64 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Lovina Beach

Bali / Lovina Beach

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Beach front villa in the pristine north of Bali . Direct beach access , private 18x6m infinity swimming pool , private car with driver available , lounge room with poolbiljard , entertainment room with home cinema , tropical garden, ensuite slp with AC. 6 pax staff.Outs  …see more

from £84 / night

£583 - £1547 / week

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from £84 / night

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Maine et Loire / Morannes

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly

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from £76 / night

£379 / week

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from £76 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Drome / Chateauneuf-de-Galaure

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly

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from £59 / night

£412 / week

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from £59 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Marazion

Cornwall / Marazion

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE” We found this cottage very clean and everything you wanted was provided....yummy scones from local shop and bottle of wine waiting for our arrival. The location is great to explore most of south cornwall. Some fab beaches for the do  …see more

from £65 / night

£525 - £1250 / week

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from £65 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Kirkkonummi

Uusimaa / Kirkkonummi

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Cottage by the sea, sauna, swim, fishing, sea  …see more

from £79 / night

£706 / week

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from £79 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Kilcar holiday bungalow rental

County Donegal / Kilcar

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“A little piece of Irish heaven, this is a wonderful place.” We only stayed for three nights, we wanted peace & quiet, it was perfect for us. The views over the beach and headland were spectacular as was the mountains beside us. The owners were very fr  …see more

from £72 / night

£295 - £421 / week

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from £72 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Belturbet

Belturbet / Kilconny

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing Stay on the waterways of Ireland” We have friends who we wanted to visit who live nearby so the location suited us perfectly. The house itself was absolutely spotless and felt very fresh and light. It was tastefully decorated and very comfo  …see more

from £47 / night

£328 - £395 / week

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from £47 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Lichans-Sunhar

Basque Country / Lichans-Sunhar

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 95 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Great Gite, fabulous pool, lovely hosts and beautiful area” We were looking for an area of France with lots to do, this area certainly has that! The Gite itself is very well equipped and very comfortable, the bathroom is especially nice. Everything ha  …see more

from £70 / night

£425 - £925 / week

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from £70 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Kas with shared pool

Antalya Province / Kas

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
Villa Kekova is one of the 2 parts of Villa Aksel with private sitting area, private outside shower and BBQ, own garden, own fireplace, big shared terrace and 4 x 8 m shared Pool. Air-conditioned. Great Seaview and Sundowns. All rooms air-conditioned / heatable.Note : V  …see more

from £51 / night

£353 - £706 / week

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from £51 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Wellow holiday cottage rental

Nottinghamshire / Wellow

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent but beware if you do not like really steep stairs” Spotlessly clean, very comfortable, well equipped. Would have very happily given 5 stars except for the stairs which are really (!) steep. It did not matter too much to us although one of  …see more

from £78 / night

£390 - £696 / week

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from £78 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Inversnaid holiday studio rental

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Inversnaid

Studio 4 1 night min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely property in a fantastic location!” Had a very pleasant stay at this property. After arriving at this amazing location we were made to feel very welcome. A very homely feeling about the place. The property is kept at a very high level, very clea  …see more

from £80 / night

£455 / week

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from £80 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Poppi

Province of Arezzo / Poppi

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 160 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Warm welcome, fabulous villa, idyllic setting.” Fantastic welcome from the family. Clean, spacious and full of character. Surrounded by woodland but also great views. On white road about 5km uphill from Poppi, roads a little narrow at times. Pool on  …see more

from £169 / night

£1009 - £2353 / week

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from £169 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Tympaki holiday villa rental

Heraklion Prefecture / Tympaki

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
Kalohorafitis is a village on the southern slopes of the Ida Mountains, on the edge of Messara. It is located 230m above the sea level. 10 minutes drive to the beach of kokinos pyrgos. In summer it is cooler and refreshing.Traditional stone-house, with private infinity  …see more

from £64 / night

£446 - £706 / week

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from £64 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Rhineland-Palatinate / Rennerod

3 7 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £41 / night

£283 / week

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from £41 / night

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Offida holiday villa rental

Province of Ascoli Piceno / Offida

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Villa Carlo is a large luxury Villa among olives trees and wineyards with private heated swimming pool (13 x 4 mts), glass house in the garden with spa and hot tube (jacuzzi up to 6 people), sauna (up to 6 people). Nature, quiet, wonderful view. Free organic wine & ol  …see more

from £409 / night

£2858 - £3530 / week

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from £409 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday gite in Los Masos

Pyrenees-Orientales / Los Masos

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic views” The views from the sun terrace were fantastic, changing regularly depending on weather and the time of ay. The top bedroom was a real bonus, it was great to wake up in the morning and look over at the mountains from the bed. Also th  …see more

from £32 / night

£215 - £319 / week

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from £32 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with indoor pool in Collepepe

Province of Perugia / Collepepe

10 26 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 26
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Very Well Maintained” We were a group of 7 families and enjoyed the house very much. We enjoyed the well maintained pool area and garden, loved the cooking in the kitchen and enjoyed lunch and dinner on a marvellous veranda with sufficient shaded seat  …see more

from £421 / night

£2589 - £3513 / week

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from £421 / night

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Australia & New Zealand

Queensland / Port Douglas

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
A Private Pool and an Oasis for your escape within the Pullman Sea Temple Resort.A cut above and with great style is what defines E´lan at Sea Temple. E´lan is a bespoke 3 bedroom private oasis for up to 6 guests within the Pullman Sea Temple Resort. Enjoy you  …see more

from £226 / night

£2191 / week

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from £226 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Central Scotland/Strathclyde

Slate Islands / Isle of Luing

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
A detached and private stone quarrier`s house, originally four cottages now combined into one substantial architect designed residence situated in the heart of the Conservation village of Cullipool just 100 metres from the sea, and commanding magnificent views over t  …see more

from £140 / night

£780 - £800 / week

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from £140 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Province of Treviso / Cison Di Valmarino

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £68 / night

£463 / week

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from £68 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Marsden holiday cottage rental

Huddersfield / Marsden

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“Comfortable, well equipped, recommended” A comfortable, well equipped property in an interesting location just outside Marsden. Good views across a lake and the Huddersfield Narrow canal. Easy to get to Marsden on foot along the tow path, but not reco  …see more

from £49 / night

£257 - £484 / week

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from £49 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday villa accommodation

Province of Malaga / El Chorro

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
“Heavenly” We booked Casa Almendros to use it as a base for touring Andalusia, as Granada, Cordoba & Seville are all readily accessible by motorway from nearby Antequera (30-min drive). However, when we saw the stunning location of the house our plans  …see more

from £60 / night

£250 - £698 / week

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from £60 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday b&b rental

Province of Macerata / Tolentino

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
NEW FOR SPRING 2015 SWIMMING POOL, 2 EN-SUITE DOUBLE ROOMS, GAZEBO WITH BBQ AND PIZZA OVENLocated in beautiful rolling hills of Le Marche near the medieval town of Tolentino. With a similar landscape to Tuscany but much lower prices and less crowded venues, Le March  …see more

from £58 / night

£379 - £1303 / week

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from £58 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Manor house letting in Baiao with swimming pool

Porto District / Baiao

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Awesome View of the Douro. Great House.” We have been at Palmira's Home for some days. The House is well located near the Douro River, in a quite area where you can see an awesome view over the Douro Valley. The Swimming pool is very nice and well loc  …see more

from £127 / night

£824 - £1408 / week

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from £127 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Province of Brescia / Soiano Del Lago

3 11 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £169 / night

£1177 / week

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from £169 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with swimming pool in Vila Nova de Poiares

Coimbra District / Vila Nova de Poiares

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfection in Portugal” We stayed at Casa Branca for a week whilst travelling around the area, after a long day out it was lovely to come back to the villa and spark up the BBQ and open a bottle or two of the local vino and cool off in the beautiful p  …see more

from £43 / night

£295 - £471 / week

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from £43 / night